By Bdde Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor,Seyi Makinde on Friday inaugurated a 22-member committee on community policing, saying it was in response to yearnings of citizens for local policing apparatus to check rising security challenges in the state.
The committee is State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC).
At the ceremony held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Makinde said that raising the committee was aimed at deepening the security architecture in the state to enable insecurity issues to be nipped in the bud.
According to him, the committee would help to bolster community policing to check criminal activities and assist the Police and other security agencies to provide and ensure the sustainability of a crime-free society.
The governor said: “The last six weeks or so have been very tasking and challenging due to the criminal activities at the Akinyele axis of the state, not just with the existential threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, but also of emerging security risks confronting the various federating units.
“Notwithstanding the steady progress made by this administration in partnership with relevant security agencies to ensure the peace and safety of individuals, communities and public property in the state, there is a compelling need to continually deepen and expand our security architecture in such a manner that we can preempt and arrest any untoward development.
“Of weighty consideration in this regard is the necessity to bolster our community policing apparatus.
“Urgent steps are, therefore, required to avert a possible breakdown of law and order. It is axiomatic that the security of any state or nation is a shared responsibility between the government, law enforcement agencies, and the people.
“And, as I have always said, the job of security is too serious, too important and too demanding to be left to law enforcement agencies alone.
“Community policing provides us with a strong platform to leverage this partnership. Through the collaboration of the police, the people, and the government, it enables us to improve the processes and structures that engender peace-building, preserve our collective security, enhance the credibility of our criminal justice system and deliver better-policing services.”